Vision, Mission, Values, & History

In anticipation of our Centennial in 2019, the Foundation's staff and board are excited to announce a new vision, mission and values that will lead us into our second century of service in Forsyth County:

A generous and trusting community - where everyone is thriving.


To inspire giving and link resources to action, strengthening Forsyth County – now and forever.


The Foundation's efforts are inspired by three core values:

  • Inclusion - We practice and champion inclusion, honoring the strengths and experiences of all in our community.
  • Accountability -  We honor the intentions of our donors and partners and hold ourselves to the highest standards of ethics, service, and stewardship.
  • Continuous Learning - We are committed to learning and evolving with our community and our partners.
In many ways, the Foundation’s own goals are intertwined with those of our community. As a philanthropic organization with a broad community focus, we will seek to reflect our values and purposefully fulfill our mission as we interact with donors, community members, students, businesses and nonprofits, just to name a few. Collaborative partnerships among these stakeholders continue to propel our community forward through the many challenges that we face.


The Foundation was established in 1919 by Col. Francis Fries with a gift of $1,000, and at the end of 2017 our assets totaled approximately $605 million.  Our community's rich philanthropic legacy is intertwined with that of the Foundation, and is a direct result of the generosity, inclusion, integrity and excellence bestowed by so many community members.  Here are links to more specific information on the Foundation’s historyasset history and key milestones.


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